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Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Red Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

  • ATX Mid Tower Case
  • Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower
  • 3 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Tyler J.
  • 8/27/2014 12:30:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood case model, cheap metal

Pros: Lots of space for what I have
Spec list
I5 4690 Stock cooler
MSI 770 2gb
MSI 650ti (Phsyx)
Full ATX board
2 extra fans

Cons: Case was/is bent in places and looks like I received a "used" item, the black paint had been scratched off at points, I was so excited on arrival day, I should have called Corsair, but I didn't, its not super distracting, but irks me knowing my case is messed up, and not perfect.

Other Thoughts: I should have called and complained, but I didn't so its my own fault, purchased 7/30/2014

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We're sorry to hear about the damaged case. If you like replacements on your damaged parts, you may contact us at 888-222-4346 or submit a ticket at corsair.force.com and we'll be happy to help you.

Thank you,
Corsair Customer Support
Corsair Support Email: support@corsair.com
Corsair Support Phone Number: 888-222-4346

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  • Derek L.
  • 8/15/2014 3:55:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsBest $45 I've ever spent!

Pros: Very sturdy build
Looks great
Plenty of room behind mobo for cable management
2 SSD slots
Can install 2 140mm intake fans
Window is large and seems strong
2 USB 3.0 inputs
Inexpensive without being 'cheap'

Cons: SSD racks are plastic
Included filters appear to be useless (holes too large)
Only 2 5.25" bays.
It's too narrow for some of the larger CPU heatsinks
HDD cages will limit your GPU options if you plan on crossfiring.

Other Thoughts: I just received this a couple days ago for my first ever build. I've worked with a couple other cases before but as far as cheap cases go this one is amazing.

The finish looks great, and the metal is nice and thick. The side panels go on easily and the window looks strong enough that I won't have to worry about it cracking. All in all, it seems to be a great case for the money. Will update when the rest of my parts get in and I have it fully loaded.

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  • Patrick H.
  • 8/13/2014 8:09:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsH100 installed - beautiful

Pros: The price, i paid under $60
I could intall an H100 Watercooler in the front after the removal of the hard drive cage. I like that, then installed the hard drive in the dvd-drive slot. the amount of workable room inside the case for its size is amazing,

Cons: the steel is thin but that isn't a bad thing completely, and the 8-pin power is tough, i bought an 8 pin extension cable and routed it the long way.

Other Thoughts: there is a bar light on the front that total got me by suprise, what a great touch.

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  • Justin D.
  • 8/5/2014 1:14:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect case

Pros: Great airflow with this case, and cable management is great if you know what you're doing. Plenty of room for extra fans, also.

In addition, the case looks amazing when turned on.

Cons: Unscrewing the side panel screws to open the case easily shaved some paint off around the screw holes. Nothing major, but kind of annoying since it's a brand new case.

Other Thoughts: BEST case on the market for the money, hands down.

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  • CHELSEY S.
  • 7/30/2014 12:51:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIf Bane were a computer case..

Pros: Great aesthetics
Great build quality
Good cable management
Good airflow
Awesome case to work with
Didn't try to kill everyone in Gotham

Cons: No way to route the 8 pin PSU cable behind the mobo. An easy, although not quite as easy to look at, fix is to route it along the rear of the mobo under the opening between the GPU and the back of the case.

Other Thoughts: The top seems to be slightly flimsy and possibly causing a rattle with one of the fans, but it is probably just the fan.

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  • Mark B.
  • 7/12/2014 12:57:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Case

Pros: Very militaristic look case, came with all the hardware to install motherboard. I had to buy a usb 3 adapter cable for the front usb ports of the case so I could plug it into my motherboard. Not the cases fault, I just had an older motherboard. Very sharp looking case. If you have a extremely large heatsink you make have issues fitting it into this case. I had to alter my heatsync slightly to get it to fit. I would definitely recommend and buy this case again.

Cons: none

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  • Jesse A.
  • 6/27/2014 9:41:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsbetter than expected

Pros: Looks smaller than it really is, which is a good thing in my book. Better cable management and room in the back of the case for hiding than most cases in this range. Nice design and easy to wire. Large fans provided good airflow and has room for more.

Cons: Motherboard's CPU 6/8 pin would have problems with a non flattened power cable with the hole they provided (almost doesn't look like a CPU power.. Even with the power supply I used, to hid that particular wire was a pain in the..

Other Thoughts: I liked the way they arranged the hard drives, however both panels need to come off for installing. Brackets come out from one side and wired on the other. Also which couldn't be seen is the hard drive light is actually a red band at the top. I would buy this case again.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/15/2014 9:23:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsREAD corsiar AMD combo

Pros: Its spacious and a Goood price. It includes two fans and a lot of memory space and two nice DVD drives

Cons: They sent me one ground screw for my motherboard. Cmon they are trying to short it. In the combo the motherboard DOES NOT TAKE USB 3.0 and has only one fan plug in. Kinda got ripped off so CHECK EVERYTHING BEFORE BUY!

Other Thoughts: I'm hoping it doesn't but if my motherhood shorts I will ent an exchange.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/7/2014 2:35:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGreat but no perfect

Pros: Great looking.
Comes with two 120mm fans, my old case had one 80mm so im fine with anything better than that.
Good amount of optional fan space.
cable management isnt the best but is really good. (see cons).
Comes with dust filters.
Alot of expandabilty options overall.

Cons: Interior Paint Finish comes off easily.
No 4/8pin cpu cable management hole
Not much instructions or details come with the case.
Dust filters take longer than needed to be installed.
Corsair's products and their pricings are awesome in my opinion but im disappointed because of the defect i found on the side panel window, where is the quality control?

Other Thoughts: i would recommend buying this case even though it has some cons, chances are you wont get a defected case like mine, and if ur not an OCD freak then the dust filters wont be much of a problem. neither will the fact that you dont have a management hole for your cpu cable. nor the fact that the interior paint can come off easily , its just a few scratches but it still would be better if the paint was more "Durable".
the reason i took an egg off is because of the defect i got, other than that its an overall great case for the price.

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  • Damien W.
  • 5/22/2014 4:11:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPerfectly acceptable, but not perfect.

Pros: - Sturdy and well-made, a hallmark of Corsair products
- USB 3.0 front ports
- Built-in mesh filter screens top and bottom
- Tool-less design for 5.25" bays, 3.5" HDD bays, and 2.5" HDD/SSD bays.
- Side bulge for cable management makes up for small space behind motherboard tray.
- Large access hole for motherboard backplane, for installing aftermarket coolers without removing motherboard.
- Case can mount PSU in both intake-down and intake-up orientations.
- Well-labeled front panel connections.
- Lockable side panel for LAN party use.
- Top fan mounts are offset to side to account for motherboard and RAM.
- Nice tall feet on the bottom to help airflow.

Cons: - Interior finish scratches very easily.
- No cable management holes for 8-pin CPU cable routing.
- Only USB 3.0 on front panel with no adapter cable for USB 2.0.
- Tool-less holder for 5.25" bays not strong enough to hold ODD in place when installing front panel.
- With Corsair H70 as exhaust, top back fan mount unusable.
- Front bottom fan mount cannot fit 38mm thick fans due to disk drive cage spacing.
- If you want to use screws to secure your 3.5" HDDs, you have to put them in before the front bottom fan - the fan blocks access to the screw holes.
- Thumb screws for side panels non-removable from side panels, and are not of the same quality as other hardware in case.
- No handles.

Other Thoughts: I bought this case to use as a replacement for my original 3 year old Milwaukee PC case. I wanted something with more cooling options and that wasn't a full-height ATX tower. The Corsair delivers, but it had small issues that keep it simply in the middle of the road. I do recommend this case, but it has issues.

The motherboard standoffs come pre-installed in an ATX configuration, tighter than what you can remove by hand. Since my P7H55D-M EVO is a microATX, I had to remove two standoffs and put them in the proper place for my board. In removing the second one, my socket scratched the interior finish.

This case is USB 3.0 ONLY, and since there's no included USB 3.0 - 2.0 adapter cable, until I buy one I don't have front USB ports.

The thumbscrews for the side panels require a screwdriver, since you'll never get them to line up right to just hand-tighten them.

The tool-less mount for the 5.25" drive is single-sided only. You'll have to install at least one screw in the other side to hold the drive in place when installing the front panel.

There's no path to cable manage the 8-pin CPU cable.

If you use a watercooler like a Corsair H70 in the standard rear exhaust, you can't fit a fan in the top rear position. There would be plenty of room to use the H70 on the top-front intake, but why pre-heat the air going into your case?

The lower front 120mm fan mount can only use 25mm or thinner fans - a 38mm won't fit.

There's no handles on it - you can mount standard cabinet handles to holes in top mesh, but the spacing is off enough that the handles have to be at an angle.

Other than what I've specifically mentioned, everything else about this case I like. It has good styling, top-mounted buttons and USB's, it can accept a PSU with intake-up or intake-down, it has lots of room for fans, the tool-less bays for HDDs/SSDs are sturdy, and the lack of a tool-less system for expansion slots means it's easy to install multi-slot GPU's. It's leaps and bounds superior to my old case, with the exception that the old one had a handle.

I do recommend this case, but read through the list of cons first before buying. If what bothered me about it doesn't bother you, then you'll be quite happy with it indeed.

My system:
MB: Asus P7H55D-M EVO
CPU: Intel i5-655k
Cooler: Corsair H70 with stock Corsair fans in push-pull at 12V
HDDs: Seagate Barracuda 1TB, Spinpoint F3 750GB, Spinpoint F1 500GB
SSD: Kingston SSDNow 120GB
ODD: LG GH24NS50 DVD-RW
Fans: stock Corsair front fan at 12V, 3x Nidec BetaV TA450DC at 5V

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